Racial Justice



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Available Fall and Spring semesters.

Join the Racial Justice Program to build knowledge, skills and connections to create positive changes in your communities. Through discussion, research, films, and guest speakers we explore social justice issues and see how they are related to our own stories and how it connects to larger and historical issues of systemic racial justice and injustice. You will get to meet with other community members working around these issues, as well as develop projects to engage the larger community in understanding and fighting for racial justice.

We work interactively to be a part of our larger national campaigns like Week Without Violence and Stand Against Racism.

Spring 2021 OVERVIEW:
This Spring Semester the Racial Justice and Advocacy program will be co-collaborating and we will be meeting virtually for weekly, interactive meetings. Together we will explore how grassroots movements combined with policy can be used as a tool for racial justice and collective liberation. We will engage in political education to deepen our knowledge and understanding of voting rights and civic engagement, Indigenous & Black Liberation Movements throughout US history, and will interrogate white supremacy culture and its pillars that are embedded in our institutions. . We will work to deepen our leadership and advocacy skills through community outreach, legislative bill education & initiatives, connecting with local movements that align with the Movement for Black Lives, and will engage in opportunities to take direct action.

Additionally, interested program members will have the option to take on additional leadership development by applying to join the RJ/Advocacy Stand Against Racism Planning Committee, which will be responsible for coordinating our annual YWCA Stand Against Racism Campaign! The Stand Against Racism Campaign will be happening on Thursday, April 22nd and Friday, April 23rd. 

To learn more about the Spring 2021 Racial Justice/Advocacy Program, check out our Syllabus (still in the works)!

**Our use of “girls” and “women” is inclusive of all cis and trans women, non-binary, gender non-conforming, gender queer, and any female-identified folks.

Download application here for the Racial Justice Program Spring 2021

For more information call (510) 848-6370 or e-mail the program director at racialjustice@ywca-berkeley.org.

NEW! Check out our YWCA Berkeley/Oakland Racial Justice & Advocacy Fall 2020 Calls to Action Guide HERE!